Tzatziki or tzadziki is a type of Greek and Turkish meze or appetizer usually used for souvlaki and gyros; it can also be used as a dip for breads, potato chips and pita. This dish is made out of strained yoghurt mixed with grated cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil, mint and lemon juice.
I never had tried this dish before until I came here in New Zealand and saw a potato chip flavoured with tzatziki, I was intrigued what tzatziki was and grab a bag of that chips and tried. Initially I can’t decipher the real taste of it as I never had tried it before and the taste of potato was overpowering, all of what I can remember is that it was light and slightly creamy. Then one day we went into a gathering and this was one of the dishes that were served together with some kofta, we liked the taste as it made the spicy kofta light in taste and refreshing. Since then we try to make this at home once in a while like now.
2 cups Greek Style yogurt
1 medium cucumber, seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
2 mint leaves, finely chopped
- Roughly chop cucumbers then put in a mixing bowl together with 2 tsp of salt. Set aside for 30 minutes then squeeze cucumbers to drain any liquid out of it.
- Place cucumber and other ingredients in a blender or food processor and quickly blend all the ingredients together.
- Chill then serve.